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Old 04-11-14, 11:23 PM   #1
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Giant Anyroad or Trek Crossrip Elite (or Comp) ?

I think this is the right forum....


I'm fairly new to bikes, especially cyclocross bikes. I had a hybrid in the past which I really enjoyed, but after putting a few hundred miles on it I quickly realize I hated how upright it was.

These are the three bikes that I am looking at. I would like to stay in the $1200 range. I will mostly be using it for exercise and possibly some commuting (about 5 miles round trip, but would like to be able to go further if need be). I live in a semi-urban area with mostly paved roads but some gravel and potholes.

Are these quality bikes for the money? Any others I should check out!

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Old 04-12-14, 12:50 AM   #2
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Are these quality bikes for the money?
Yes. No problems in that regard with either bike.

From a commuting standpoint, they each have their pros and cons.

For the Trek
  • The rear brake caliper mount is between the rear stays instead of on top of the seat stay as on the Giant. It makes it easier to mount a rear rack since you are not limited to "disc brake" racks. Any rack will do. Also makes it easier to service the rear brake since the rack leg isn't in the way. I don't see upper rack mounts on the Giant. You may have to do some fabrication.
  • The higher spoke-count wheels, which generally, are more durable.

For the Giant
  • Avid BB7 brake calipers. I have these on my disc brake commuter. Never an issue with them in the seven years I've owned the bike. The Hayes brakes on the Trek, while no doubt just fine, don't have the same stellar reputation.
  • Ten-speed rear end. While chains and cassettes are cheaper for 9-speed, more are better, and it's getting harder to find road cassettes in 9-speed.

Both bikes are geared a little low for my tastes. They have mountain bike cassettes which are ... erm ... "geared" toward off-road use. Around town in traffic I don't need gears low enough to climb trees, and prefer smaller gaps between the gears as found on close-ratio road cassettes. (I use 12-23.) Easily changed if your preferences are the same as mine.

All these points are nits. Let the test ride, and your confidence and rapport with the dealer, be your guide.
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Old 04-12-14, 06:08 AM   #3
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I was on the verge of a Crossrip Elite. The LBS owner knocked some (more) off the price of the LTD and I went with it. Get the tires that suit you and the Crossrip is a VERY comfortable bike. Have fun shopping! Ditto the importance of the test ride and dealer relationship.
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Old 04-12-14, 03:45 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies

Here are some of the specs for the Comp versuse the Elite



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[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]Shifters[/TD]
[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]Shimano Claris STI, 8 speed[/TD]
[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]Shimano Sora STI, 9 speed[/TD]
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[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]Front derailleur[/TD]
[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]Shimano Claris[/TD]
[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]Shimano Sora[/TD]
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[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]Rear derailleur[/TD]
[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]Shimano Claris[/TD]
[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]Shimano Sora[/TD]
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[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]Crank[/TD]
[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]FSA Vero, 50/39/30 (triple)[/TD]
[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]FSA Vero, 50/34 (compact)[/TD]
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[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]Cassette[/TD]
[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]SRAM PG-830 11-28, 8 speed
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[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]SRAM PG-950 11-32, 9 speed[/TD]
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[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]Pedals[/TD]
[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]Nylon body w/alloy cage




[/TD]
[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]Wellgo track-style alloy[/TD]
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[TH="bgcolor: transparent, colspan: 4"]Components[/TH]
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[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]Saddle[/TD]
[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]Bontrager Evoke 1[/TD]
[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]Bontrager Evoke 1[/TD]
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[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]Seatpost[/TD]
[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]Bontrager SSR, 27.2mm, 12mm offset[/TD]
[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]Bontrager SSR, 27.2mm, 12mm offset[/TD]
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[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]Handlebar[/TD]
[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]Bontrager Race Lite IsoZone, VR-CF, 31.8mm[/TD]
[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]Bontrager Race Lite IsoZone, VR-F, 31.8mm[/TD]
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[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]Stem[/TD]
[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]Bontrager Race Lite, 31.8mm, 7 degree[/TD]
[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]Bontrager Race Lite, 31.8mm, 7 degree[/TD]
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[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]Headset[/TD]
[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]Cartridge bearings, sealed[/TD]
[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]Cartridge bearings, sealed[/TD]
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[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]Brakeset[/TD]
[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]Avid BB5 mechanical disc brakes, 160mm front, 140mm rear rotor w/Tektro alloy bar-top levers




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[TD="bgcolor: transparent"]Hayes CX 5 mechanical disc, 160mm front, 140mm rear rotor w/Tektro alloy bar-top levers[/TD]
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If possible, go with the Elite!
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Old 04-14-14, 07:11 AM   #6
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Can't comment on the Anyroad, but I did give it a look before going with the Crossrip Comp. I've only got about 100 miles on it so far, but I can tell you that despite some of the negative comments regarding price/components, etc., it is probably the most fun bike I've ever owned (I currently own a Road bike and a 29er hard tail mountain bike also). The Crossrip is solidly adept at a lot of things and probably not great at any one single task. My rides have been a mix of rural road, urban streets, and dirt paths and it has been pure enjoyment from a "just ride" standpoint. I didn't realize it, but the Crossrip is exactly the bike I've been searching for. I've decided to sell my other bikes and just have fun riding the Crossrip.

All that being said, there are probably any number of bikes that might have met my criteria and there's nothing especially unique about the Crossrip itself. For me it came down to the convenience of working with my local bike shop, which is close by. It was the right choice for me.
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